Just thought I'd throw this on here and get some opinions. Finally received my materials to make a heat shield for my exhaust on my X. This is the final result. Used aluminum intercooler piping and cut to shape. Backed it with DEI Reflect-a-gold heat reflective foil and applied a carbon fiber look vinyl to the exterior. Due to the wonderful weather we have here in Ohio, I haven't had the chance to take it out and test and check temps. Should definitely help prevent some holes in the pants. Let me know what you think.
No mounting points. I cut the ones from the stock header and welded on to the new pipe. I used the stock heat shield to determine placement of the tabs. I ran the stock heat shield for a bit, but wanted something that wrapped the header more.
Thanks for the comments. I have considered making them and I'm looking in to it. The problem is, obviously not all exhausts are the same, so I wouldn't be able to have a universal fit. I may consider making and installing for those that may be interested. I'm also looking at making out of carbon fiber, since I have access to all types of materials through the race shop. I'll keep you updated as I get more info.
Unfortunately, no. It didn't quite go as planned. The heat shield still got hot enough to melt the fake carbon fiber material on the outside. I researched and purchased some different heat reflective material for inside the heat shield, but still no success. The shield is just too close to the header. So, I just painted it black with high temp paint. It still functions well and keeps from burning up pants, but the carbon look I was attempting to accomplish failed. The next step is true carbon fiber. I've been so busy with the race team, that I haven't had much of a chance to continue with the project. As soon as I finish with the race car and the season is done, I'll continue on this and post the progress.